Ukraine war: Battle for Bakhmut ‘stabilising’, says commander

The battle for Bakhmut, the Ukrainian city which Russia has spent months trying to capture, is “stabilising”, says Ukraine’s commander-in-chief.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi said Ukrainian troops’ “tremendous efforts” were holding back Russia.

Earlier this month, Western officials estimated between 20,000 and 30,000 Russian troops had been killed or injured in Bakhmut since last summer.

Moscow is eager for a victory after failing to make major recent gains.

Despite this, military analysts believe Bakhmut has little strategic value, with the city’s importance now symbolic.

The high number of Russian casualties may be the main reason Ukraine has not withdrawn from the city, analysts say.

On Facebook, Lt Gen Zaluzhnyi said that while the situation on Ukraine’s frontlines “is the toughest in the Bakhmut direction… due to the tremendous efforts of the defence forces, we are managing to stabilise the situation”.

Lt Gen Zaluzhnyi posted after speaking to the UK’s Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral…

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